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April 23rd, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Another catastrophe has overtaken John Kerry.  It’s almost routine now. The Middle East peace process that was going to fix everything has finally gone belly up.  John Kerry’s tireless overtures have somehow resulted in the Palestinian authority joining Hamas. You wonder how he did that. That alliance with the terror organization deep-sixed any hopes for a deal with Israel. The New York Times dolefully reports that things aren’t working out as planned:

The unity pact, coming days before the April 29 expiration date for the American-brokered peace talks that have been the mainstay of Secretary of State John Kerry’s tenure, surprised officials in Washington, which, like Israel, deems Hamas a terrorist group and forbids direct dealings with it. After months of intensive shuttle diplomacy in which Mr. Kerry staked his reputation on the peace process and even dangled the possibility of releasing an American convicted of spying for Israel to salvage the lifeless talks, his spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, called the Palestinian move “disappointing” and the timing “troubling.”

“Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties,” Ms. Psaki said, citing conditions Hamas has repeatedly rejected. “It’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist.”

Good news is pretty thin at Foggy Bottom. This latest setback comes after a State Department spokesperson failed to name a single accomplishment of the agency under Secretary Hillary Clinton.

State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki was flummoxed, too, when asked about a 2010 State Department Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) that summarized then-Secretary Clinton’s goals and accomplishments.

‘Can you, off the top of your head, identify one tangible achievement that … resulted from the last QDDR?’ asked an Associated Press reporter during the daily briefing.

‘I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could point out one,’ Psaki replied through a forced smile.

‘I’m sure there are a range of things that were put into place that I’m not even aware of,’ she offered moments later.

‘I won’t hold my breath,’ the reporter shot back.

She tried, mind you. She tried. It’s just that nothing came to mind. By it’s not Miss Psaki’s fault. Hillary Clinton couldn’t remember anything she achieved either other than that she saved the world in some unspecified way.

The good news for Hillary is that Psaki probably can’t name any accomplishments under Kerry either.

Hillary is running a “relay race” with history but where exactly she’s headed is anybody’s guess. Less charitable observers have charged that Clinton and Obama have presided over an unending string of foreign policy catastrophes including the inexplicable mixup in Libya resulting from switching sides in the ‘War on Terror’ and allowing 500 million of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants.

That’s a pretty serious accusation whose only mitigating circumstance is that they might have done it by accident.  With this crowd — who promised “smart diplomacy” —  you never know which disasters are intentional and which are simply caused by imbecility. When the president is not out trying to treat Putin like a doorman, Kerry pulls a wrong way Corrigan. That’s on days when Hillary isn’t watching consulates getting torched by mobs inspired by YouTube video producers.

What is perhaps most alarming is the inexhaustible vein of of incompetence in the administration. Clinton, Obama, Kerry and Sebelius are world-class somethings, though what exactly world-class-whats is debatable. Opening the newspapers has almost become painful exercise in observing “another one bites the dust”.

This time it’s the Middle East peace process. You’re almost tempted to say: stop! stop! It’s too painful to watch.


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Now there's always the hope the Republicans will be better but given past data points they will not be better by that much. Bettering Obama is such a low standard it's like topping a class of dunces.

Maybe Washington DC, through some process of reverse Darwinism, has truly become dumbed down. You catch glimpses of this when people wander off the teleprompter. Then its "corpsemen" and "the island of Guam capsizing" and "bipolar". Suddenly you think: that's really them. That's the real McCoy. It's the smart wonk persona that's fake.

An Australian friend recounted when his parliamentarian acquaintance finally met Ted Kennedy. You know Ted Kennedy the legend. The lion of the senate. The last of Camelot. When they finally met Ted turned out to be a completely commonplace man. It was a such a disappointment for the parliamentarian.

But I wonder whether that's really the truth. What if they're really just a bunch of mediocre crooks gilded with highly paid makeup men? It's like pulling aside the curtain on the mighty Oz and finding a carnival huckster.
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No one ever believes that they will go to hell. No one in government will ever recognize much less admit that they are incompetent. Most Democrat voters will vote Democrat no matter how incompetent the Democrats may be. They cannot be convinced to do otherwise; they can't be bargained with, they can't be reasoned with, they don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop voting Democratic, ever, until we're all completely screwed. Or something like that.
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If it were mere incompetence it would not be as catastrophic. This is incompetence combined with impenetrable narcissism. I don't think there is a historic parallel. We are witnessing something uniquely awful and the perpetrators and their enablers will never get it.
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Speaking of Ted (gaaaack) Kennedy: drunkard, killer, sexual predator: When that jackass was running for president in 1980, my idiot (but handsome) boyfriend and the other boys in the band were keen on him. He came to our university to speak, and the kids were all agog. I warned my boyfriend, "He's not the brightest bulb in the hallway, you know," but Dale wouldn't believe me.

So we went to the school's basketball gym. It was packed. The Sinator [sic] came out to the strains of "Camelot" (I wish I was joking). First thing, he declared he wasn't trying to run on his brother's legacy [sic]. I rolled my eyes at Dale, who looked annoyed. Then he read a speech, rather well.

Then TK made a BIG mistake: he called for questions from the floor. The collegians asked him a few -- and not ONE coherent answer did they get. It was blisteringly obvious we were looking at the guy who cheated his way through Harvard (amazing how everyone forgets that) and is as dumb as a doorknob. It was actually embarrassing.

As we left the gym, I said to my boyfriend, "See? See what I told you? I was Right, wasn't I?" He was so mad he wouldn't even talk about it. (This, mind you, was before I became a staunch conservative -- but I've always had an excellent BS-detector.)

Kennedy was the front man for whoever was running him. The current clown posse were installed by "American Idol" nation, the most abysmally ignorant electorate in our nation's history. And they are not a whole lot more informed than their idiot constituents. Kerry, in particular, is a total lox.
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Communism itself is a giant heckler's veto. Marx was writing in London living on the wife's family money, which was ex-pat Stuart money. The idea was to subvert the royal usurper line via discontenting the industrial revolution pouring cash into the Brit coffers. Lenin innovates thugee organization and the disconnected dots of population sprinkling the endless territory fall in detail. He'd've never gotten the revolution out of the cafe had there been a few wires crossing Russia.

There never has been anything in that project that would either discard a Teddy or improve him. But the rewards of cynicism can be rich --Teddy and crew keeping the bulk of their estate tax exposure safe in a Fiji Island trust, while --safe in the knowledge that contradiction don't matter --leading the confiscatory taxation movement against the middle three quintiles.

Dropped in on Katherine Graham and the two of 'em launched Watergate, hopefully after and not before the third-rate burglary by guys uncertain of who had actually hired them.

Destroyed by trade-war exemplary governments in Rhodesia and South Africa, to help his run for president, and then instantly forgot what he had done when the ruin of those two model western government structures began descending into race war, financial chaos, political fascism, and soviet nihilism.
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"House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club."

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/24/boehner-mocks-colleagues-immigration-reform/8101699/

He'll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, yet.
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Perhaps one reason Kapitan Amerika and his howling appeasers appear to be so indifferent to real catastrophes is that when they were not in power they screamed of imagined disasters from the rooftops.

Recall their attitude on the 7 Fired US Attorneys? Abu Grabe? Plamegate? Enron? Massive investigations were launched, and people thrown in jail even when they did nothing at all.

Horrific disasters, each a real basis for outrage, they claimed. But while Hillary! will still tell you how horrible firing the 7 attorneys was while firing all of them was Okay, every one of these pale into insignificance compared to our experience with the Obama Admin.

They are tone deaf. Or maybe even stone deaf. They keep up a drumbeat of imagined offenses when they are not in power and when they are in charge themselves, assume the sound the barbarians' spears beating at the gates is just the opposition's own empty drumbeat.
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Could they can be so sanguine because they know they're going to deliver the same sickening shock we got when Romney lost all those cities and states where he had huge thronging enthusiastic crowds and gigantic double-digit polling leads the day before the election?

In the sour what-did-we-do-wrong aftermath, we've day by enervating day forgotten more and more about that, haven't we.
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There's a saying: "If you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin'" The dems have that approach perfected. So, when are the Pubs going to figure out what to do about it?
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It would seem that at the very least, Republicans need armies of poll watchers and poll workers. I've been told that there are still parts of Ohio where there are no Republican poll workers. No doubt this is not just in Ohio. So far I haven't seen any effort to recruit the necessary volunteers for these positions.
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MSFT co-founder Paul Allen, a Tom Steyer type and how, just funded a special project for a Spanish eVote counter named Scytl. Scytl may be the reason many folks have lost interest in what happens in the voting booths, seeing it as a sort of pantomime that we might as well 'deem done'.

What we need is the house committee to posthaste examine this foreign-registered electronic vote totals reporter.

States control their votes, but many states have secretaries helped into position by Soro's 'secretary of states project'.

Scytl got the govt contract to count the 2012 oversea military ballots, no doubt with the help of Serco, the Brit private administrative contractor (said to've 'weaponized' record-keeping in Britain and now holding vital top-secret contracts from USA fedgov at the vital nodes of DOD and DHS) parent of the ACA website's CGI (a billion from Obama awarded on a July 4th, for a million's worth of screwed-up mess) and 2010 buyer of the two private contractors (one of them then-owned by the current director of CIA Brennan) which almost certainly sanitized (or blackmailed!) Obama's records at the passport office of the state dept, in the spring of 2008 (search 'passport breach' or 'passport scandal')

As to what Scytl has in store for the 2014 (and 2016), well your guess is as good as mine. One thing is certain --Spanish and British companies handling election results and top-secret cyber military security contracts, is mighty damn strange, what with their being out of reach of almost all this nation's oversight and investigative structures.

Please do some forensic (back pages) searching and spread the word --maybe we can help start something.
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PS, some early rumors about Scytl may have been disinformation, as they had to be debunked by luminaries such as Glenn Beck's 'The Blaze' and Michelle Malkin. These two debunking articles are high up in search. No doubt they steer many seekers off the search. That may be a mistake. One giant clue is Paul Allen's investment, which as through his investment fund had to be disclosed. Allen's interest antedates by far the two old and early articles referenced above.

Anyhoo, something ain't right --the sinister aspect too far outweighs any possible service that a clean American outfit couldn't perform.
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Spain, BTW, took down a huge loan from China, back a couple years ago when Spain was running on fumes. Just sayin', as they say.
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The 2016 election discussion is all well and good, but why are so many talking about that one, when we have a major election coming up in a few months?
Lets talk about 2014 FIRST, and once we get by that, we can talk about 2016. What's going on, anyway?
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Posting at the same time, RWE ended with: "they...assume the sound the barbarians' spears beating at the gates is just the opposition's own empty drumbeat."
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That's the Democrats problem in 2014: No matter how much they say otherwise, they can't undo someones tripled deductions and increased cost for Health Insurance, nor can they give back the Doctors voters no longer have.
If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,
If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor are no longer abstractions as Obamacare exacts it's many burdens on voters.

Also, in off year elections, Democrats biggest supporters, single women and blacks, vote in smaller numbers.
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"What is perhaps most alarming is the inexhaustible vein of of incompetence in the administration. "

If these people are so incompetent, why have they been so successful at achieving their objectives?


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Briefly,I have a few theories on this.

I thought the 2012 election showed a "fear of competence" in what we use to call the ruling class. The ruling class, however, has been replaced by the Crony class: DC Politicians, lobbyists, Wall Street Bankers, Big University, Government Unions, influence peddlers and rent seekers of every sort. They all want stuff from the government that they don't deserve. Managerial competence would deny them what they want. So they work hard to get the incompetent elected and work quite competently to get the program passed. It is not about achieving a competent outcome for the nation but rather for the Crony Class. It is about building a movement that can acquire and keep power. Of course they don't present it that way. They "pose" as caring about the little guy or the small planet or the most vulnerable. By and large that is a pose but it does not have to start out that way.

Another explanation is what I call "sensitive at fourteen syndrome." A politically naive person hears of hunger and hatred in the world and wants do something about it. They buy into a political program. At some point the political program becomes part of their self identity -- and they think promoting the program makes them a better person. The assumption is that the program of the movement will work (certainly most journalist cover the "program" as if it will function as advertized). Criticizing the program is taken as a personal attack -- and they often respond with personal attacks of their own. If you don't want to expand food stamp eligibility then you want children to go hungry. They don't think there are substantive objections to their program, only a kind of moral failing on the part of the critics. They can be competent at many things but blind to the failures of the program because it has become a type of idol -- an object of self love. When it fails, as it often does, it is the fault of outside forces: lack of funding and the acts of saboteurs, wreckers and hoarders.
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Answer: because their aim was to get elected; at that they were very good. After that, they assumed that right thinking alone would remake the world in their image; in that, they are totally incompetent.

They never realized that getting elected was only the start of the process.
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Barack Obama, the adolescent president

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like that. It is unimaginable that those grown-ups would resort to japes that fourth-graders would not consider sufficiently clever for use on a playground.
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Anyone who has tried to engage a member of that age cohort in an argument probably recognizes the four basic teenage tropes, which also are the only arrows in Obama’s overrated rhetorical quiver. He employed them all last week when he went to the White House briefing room to exclaim, as he is wont to do, about the excellence of the Affordable Care Act.

First came the invocation of a straw man. Celebrating the ACA’s enrollment numbers, Obama, referring to Republicans, charged: “They said nobody would sign up.” Of course, no one said this. Obama often is what political philosopher Kenneth Minogue said of an adversary — “a pyromaniac in a field of straw men.”...

About one thing Obama was right, if contradictory. He said Americans want politicians to talk about other subjects — but that Democrats should campaign by celebrating the wondrousness of the ACA. This would be candid because it is what progressivism is — a top-down, continent-wide tissue of taxes, mandates and other coercions. Is the debate about it over? Not quite.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-barack-obama-the-adolescent-president/2014/04/23/a835f872-ca3e-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html
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UPDATE: MICHELLE O SCRAPS GRADUATION SPEECH AFTER PROTESTS...
Will headline 'senior recognition day'...
FLASHBACK: 'She doesn't know our kids'...
First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad...
Holder cancels visit to Oklahoma City police academy amid protests...

U.S. PRESIDENT BOWS TO JAPANESE ROBOT

Another headline day for POTUS
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And now for the truth...

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends.

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Yes, of course. A thirty-seat security retinue would leave for the venue only 99% of capacity for student family and friends.
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THE PINK PANTSUIT

Hillary defends her reign at State by stating the obvious.

I saved the world, she gaily said
Though I can’t say just how
My travels through this troubled world
Have led to peace for now
I’ve done great things that even those
Who hate me can’t refute
Bestride the world, I did these things
In my plain pink pantsuit

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"I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life."

"You know, I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together.

And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him."

Presidential campaign (1992 – January 19, 1993)

Behind the scenes, the F words were flying.
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I love how she Stood By Her Man -- on "SIXTY MINUTES TV", no less! while she openly scoffed at women who "stand by their men."

These people are unbelievable.
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Charles White: "I seriously doubt that there will be any “Wide Spread” unrest at all or at least in my life time."

Respectfully, Charles, unless you are a lot younger than the average Belmontarian, that unrest already happened in your life time. Remember the Watts Riots? Remember the cities burning in the 1960s? Yes, peace was restored, but life was never the same again -- just ask bankrupt Detroit.

OK, that was two generations ago (although still within living memory for many). Point is -- it happened once in our lifetimes; it can happen again.

Given the great job our Political Class has done since the 1960s of destroying national comity and undermining faith in government & the rule of law, it is a dead certainty that unrest will happen again. The only question is whether unrest sparked by something (anything!) will grow to revolution.

Still dubious? Think about what happened in London in 2011, where for no apparent reason masses of typical English people started looting, burning, and rioting. The veneer of civilization is wearing rather thin.
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"Yes, peace was restored, but life was never the same again "

In my neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills prior to the riots in '65, almost all the handymen were black. After the riots not one was black.

LA was hit really hard in the recession of '91, even worse than this one. The Bush Sr. Administration (which hated California for some petty reason) cut 125,000 defense related jobs in LA County alone, and on the heels of that sent in the Bank Regulators with a "Mark to Market" bank requirement that cut required any commercial loan up for renewal to "market" supported conditions or cut it by 25% minimum.

Thousands of businesses went under and jobs were destroyed by the truck loads. Then came the Rodney King decision, and a LAPD that refused to protect the citizenry.

The LA Metropolitan Area has never recovered.

About the same time, the regulators started going crazy ( under RINO Governor Pete Wilson), and so what was a vibrant growing industrial center ( the largest in the country) was just decimated. Whole industries packed up and left and have never come back. So what was a diverse entrepreneurial economy became a hollow remnant of it's former self, now dominated by illegals with just one growing industry- the entertainment industry.
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How about the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1dPKfxRhk0

April 26th, 1992
There was a riot on the streets
Tell me where were you?
You were sittin' home watchin' your TV
While I was participating in some anarchy
First spot we hit it was my liquor store
I finally got all that alcohol I can't afford
With red lights flashin', time to retire
And then we turned that liquor store into a structure fire
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Or, y'know, the Arab Spring? Ukraine?
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My sister lived two blocks from where the looting and burning stopped.
A man with an AK stood watch in her condo complex as armed Koreans protected their businesses from rooftops.
She remained anti-gun.
Another single Female Voter for the Democrats.
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When has the GOP ever made any effort to convince people like that?

The NRA does, and you can read about it all day on the internet.

But the GOP has nothing to say about, and declined to sign on to the leftist gun-banning only because they didn't want to stab their base in the back twice, after deciding to stab them in the back about amnesty.

The usual GOP "pitch" to people like this is roughly "globalism is hard on losers like you, so let me tell you how much I love the welfare state."

I recall Arthur Brooks of AEI saying essentially this at another site, and note Mittens 47% remark.

Pitiful.
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What was factually incorrect about Romney's 47% comment?
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Why do you think the answer to that question is even relevant?

The point is that it was an appallingly stupid thing to say, because it offended a huge number of voters. Some percentage of them changed their vote to Obama, or didn't vote at all.

When Reagan criticized the welfare state he attacked people who cheated the system, like that infamous welfare queen. Then he lamented the indignity of people forced on the dole, because of the disastrous Carter economic policies. Reagan beat an incumbent democrat president, back when that party was far stronger than today, in a landslide. And don't forget about John Anderson, either, an independent candidate who took four percent of the vote.

Romney endorsed the welfare state publicly, then insulted anyone who ever took money from the government when he thought they wouldn't hear what he said. Then he declined to note that he hadn't actually offshored American jobs as accused, because apparently he didn't want anyone to think he opposed offshoring American jobs. Or maybe he was just stupid. Romney lost to Barry Obama, incompetent disaster, and thought he was going to win until the evening of the election day.

See the difference? Both in the approach to the issue(s) and results?

Advantage: Reagan. By a landslide.

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Of course Reagan was better than Romney. But if Romney had said those exact same things Reagan said in 2012, he'd have gotten the exact same reaction his 47% remark got. Those people don't want to be told that living on the dole is an indignity; they want to be praised and told that they're just as good as the man working and supporting himself. They want welfare accepted as a valid "lifestyle choice". They're unreachable by any words that a conservative could say to them, except "Good for you!", and those words themselves argue against changing anything. You believe that 47% should be cajoled and jollied into seeing conservatives as their friend; I think they're a write-off. The only thing that will ever change them is naked starvation, and I'm not sure even that would smash any sense into their shrunken minds.
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Wrong, to put it mildly.

Reagan went out of his way not to offend people who played by the rules and filled out the paperwork so their children didn't starve when their job went away. He assumed they didn't long to be parasites, and enacted policies that led to economic growth. People left the dole because work paid better, if for no other reason. This seems like an excellent method to make the welfare state wither away, in my view. He even enacted "voluntary" import quotas when Japanese automakers threatened to bankrupt American companies, potentially resulting in something like what happened in 2008. I know some republicans today believe Reagan should have let those American companies go bankrupt, but they don't seem to comprehend that President Mondale wouldn't have given them that free market paradise they pine for.

Romney, on the other hand, agreed with you.

How did that work out?


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I guess it worked out the way telling the truth to people who don't want to hear it always works out. But lying to get those people to vote for you would mean out-promising the Democrats, and then stiffing those voters once you're elected. Is THAT the next big plan? They vote for more corn in the trough, and nothing else. Give it to them or lose - that's what democracy has decayed to.
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Just how is it lying to simply refrain from describing people you are trying to convince to vote for you as parasites? Or telling the truth to imply that the public is nothing more than a swarm of losers hankering for a welfare check?

Because that was the real problem with Romney's idiotic remark- a lot more than 47% of the public saw themselves implicated, and weren't pleased.

By the way, that's grown into a real problem for the GOP. The establishment simply can't hide their contempt for most people living in the United States- everyone except millionaire businessmen and illegal aliens- and most people have noticed. That's how their dream candidate Romney managed to lose to the most incompetent imbecile ever to win election to the office.

So is a marine Iraq War vet missing both legs a member of the 47% because he is receiving disability benefits? How about veterans paying for college with the GI bill? How about retirees getting social security? Or medicare?

See the problem?

The left worked hard to tar everyone with the welfare parasite brush because it's hard to win elections running against something everyone does. Apparently, they've only managed to tar 47% percent of the population, after decades of trying.

Instead of seeing this as a sign of their failure- as Reagan may have done- Romney saw it as a sign of unstoppable success.

Sad, as well as pitiful. The country deserves better.
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Yes, Xennady. For the Dems, in a de-Christianized and amoral society that we have become, it has, sadly become a sign of dignified survival, if not success. Ignore the reality of that at your peril.

Welfare recipients and government workers - along with those people you mentioned - will never, ever vote for a fiscal conservative, no matter what he says. The minute a fiscally conservative politician makes any remark about limiting government, every single person who gets a government income for ANY reason will immediately hear the following words in their brain: "I'm coming for your money", and irrevocably decide not to vote for him. And there isn't thing one that can be done to change that in our current political environment. It's not just, or even primarily, about welfare, though, Xennady. You are following the red herring that the left has dragged around to get erstwhile conservatives off the track. The monster is the publicly employed/subsidized/recipients of grants who are ostensibly "working". They are part of the 47% and the bulk of them will never, ever, ever vote for someone who is a fiscal conservative. Much noise has been made about Romney not getting votes because he was a squish on social conservatism and I suppose that some of that did happen. But the truth that nobody wants to talk about is that most of the people who stayed home did so because they would prefer another four or ten or a hundred years of Obama or someone like him before they would give up a nickel of their precious magic government income stream. If you can't wrap your brain around that or don't have the honesty to admit the unalterable truth of that then you are definitely part of the problem the West faces.

And yes, that includes all of the examples you gave. I personally know several people who are as socially conservative as you would care to imagine who stayed home in 2012 specifically because they thought a Romney/Ryan team would cause them to lose their job or some other government benefit. Specifically for that reason.


I'd like to stipulate before going further that I voted for Reagan and that on the balance I think he was a very good president.

I'd also like to stipulate that he was not a true fiscal conservative (the last president who can legitimately claim that is Calvin Coolidge) and that the "Reagan Democrats" were primarily people who ended up working in actual or de facto government jobs in the massive defense buildup of the '80's and making a good bit of money doing it. That and his affable nature were the cause of his popularity, not some dedication to conservatism or libertarian ideals. All parts of government grew during his time and he couldn't even kill off the one government alphabet agency he promised to end (Department of Education) during both his campaigns.

In other words many (most?) voters didn't love Reagan for his philosophy, or his fiscal conservatism, they loved him because his successful attempt to buy the Soviets out of the cold war also included government money to pay for lots of defense jobs. If you can't see it, you missed the zeitgeist of the times.

I'm glad he did it. He was a man of the times. First of all, as far as government spending goes, it is perfectly Constitutional to spend money on defense. And the Soviets were indeed an evil empire, putting them away was necessary.

But the times are different now. First of all, as the saying goes, Reagan isn't walking through that door. But even if he did, he could not get elected nowadays with the giant MSM/NPR/education industry juggernaut that exists. I daresay he would have done pretty much the same in 2012 as Romney did. In the down economy and amoral, thuggish times we now face, there isn't a politician alive or that ever existed who can get anyone who could get anyone to give up one thin dime of government income of any sort, not even to save our country, civilization, or species. If you believe otherwise, you're delusional.

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Reality is… Even with the Blatant Scandals, Lying, Law Breaking, Preferential treatment, Destruction of the Gold standard in Healthcare (available all the way down to the Homeless), massive tax hikes both personal and business and overt Brain washing in our Public School systems we are still a long way off from any “Revolution”! There are very few “Tea Party” members that may get to “Governorship’s” or past a Congress seat that will follow suit with the Tea Party agenda, a lot of the “Tea Party” groups have themselves been infected with the Political parasite that turns 99% of all elected people into re-election seeking political hacks! I seriously doubt that there will be any “Wide Spread” unrest at all or at least in my life time.
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Washington, D.C. is now the site of a condition that the parasites have just about taken over the hosts. However, the parasites do not do well when they leave the host, like John Kerry has done, mucking about with the likes of Putin and the great Palestinian leaders of Gaza and the West Bank. Every foreign foray into diplomacy by the O administration has been an unmitigated disaster.

Nothing will nurture these parasites like Washington, D.C., so that is where they set up shop. Unless the nation wakes up, the parasites will kill the host, and themselves.
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Good point.

What does justice look like, at this point?

The wealthy communities around DC becoming impoverished ghost towns, and the rent-seekers, regulators, lobbyists, public functionary bureaucrats, and attorneys now grown fat and comfortable living there forced to choose between doing the jobs of newly deported illegal aliens at a fraction of what their magic checks used to be, or dying of starvation.

And the money that was wasted on their magic checks used to pay down the debt and then (ultimately) taxes and regulators on real producers like myself reduced to sane and fair levels.
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